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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What do you do in music class?

Music Together® classes are held each week for 45 minutes to experience songs, chants, movement activities, and instrumental play alongs. You'll find instruments, drums, shakers, rhythm sticks, scarves, maracas, and more! Both adults and children sing, dance, play and have fun!

 

What can I expect from class?

Music Together® is designed for children ages birth through kindergarten. We believe that music ability is as much a basic life skill as walking and talking, and that all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with pleasure and confidence in the music of their culture. Music Together® classes nurture the child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement as we sing, dance, chant, and play instruments in an informal setting that will enrich her musical environment and guide her towards a lifetime of music-making enjoyment.

 

When does the next semester begin?

We hold four semesters a year:

Winter 2016 - (10 weeks) beginning January 4, 2016 ending March 12, 2016

Spring 2016 - (10 weeks) beginning April 4, 2016 ending June 14, 2016
No class Memorial Day Monday

Summer 2016 - (6 weeks) beginning July 9, 2016 ending August 19, 2016

Fall 2016 - (10 weeks) beginning September 19, 2016 ending December 3, 2016
No classes Thanksgiving week

 

When are your classes?

Classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings and each location schedule is different. View the semester class schedule.


What is the tuition?

Pennsylvania

Summer ( 6 weeks )
First child: $120
Second child (sibling): $95

Fall, Winter, and Spring:
First child: $195
Second child (sibling): $155
Third child (sibling): $125

New Jersey

Summer ( 6 weeks )
First child: $130
Second child (sibling): $105

Fall, Winter, and Spring:
First child: $205
Second child (sibling): $165
Third child (sibling): $125


Children under 6 months as of the semester's start date are free with a registered sibling.

There is a one time new family fee of $15.

What does my tuition include?

 

Why are your semesters 10 weeks?

Music Together's materials are musically rich, exposing the children to music they would not typically hear in other environments in their life, giving them a more varied repertoire and musical language tools to work with. Class is designed not only for each week, but over the course of a semester. Our semester progress is about dosing, offering opportunities for scaffolded participation to be developmentally appropriate for both children and adults.

 

How should we use the Music Together Materials?

Play your CD at home and in the car as frequently as possible, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make it available to your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Use the songbook to help you remember the songs or to play along if you play an instrument. Try using the songbook at storytime instead of a regular book, and sing through the songs as you go along. Looking at the printed notes on the page will help children understand that music is something that can be read, like words. Familiarization with notation will help them when they are more ready for formal music instruction, typically when they are school aged.

New Music Together® parents receive our introductory DVD “Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically”. During class your teacher will refer to topics and point out examples of things covered in the video. We are also happy to discuss your child's individual progress in obtaining musical competence at any time outside of class. If you are a returning student and it has been months or years since you have read the Parent Guide or seen the new DVD, reread it or ask for a copy of the DVD today! You may be surprised how valuable it is, especially after having personal experience observing your child's music development.

 

What are the upcoming collections?

DRUM: Winter 2016

STICKS: Winter 2017

BELLS: Winter 2015

TAMBOURINE: Spring 2016

MARACAS: Spring 2017

TRIANGLE: Spring 2015

SUMMER 2: Summer 2016

SUMMER 3: Summer 2017

SUMMER 1: Summer 2015
FLUTE: Fall 2016 BONGOS: Fall 2014 FIDDLE: Fall 2015

The song collections are nonsequential so you can join at any time. The name of the song collection does not indicate what instruments are used in the classroom. The classroom activities use a variety of instruments and props to provide a broad musical experience, each semester regardless of the name of the collection.
 

As a parent, what is my role in class?

Enhance your child's experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing. Your active participation is the key to your children learning and growing musically. Support the creation of a music only environment while in class by not talking to your children or other adults during the 45 minutes. Since it is difficult for a young child to mask out adult conversation please wait to socialize till after class, and instead contribute to the creation of a musical environment for the children to absorb.

Try not to give verbal directions. It can be tough to restrain the impulse to give your child directives such as "Do what she is doing, hold your instrument this way” but children respond best by just seeing and hearing you doing (and enjoying) it yourself! Wandering toddlers is fine, but if you want your child to come back to you, avoid calling to him from across the room. If necessary, redirect your child physically back to you or the circle. Of course watch out for your child’s safety, but mostly your job is to just relax, and have fun!

 

Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?

Both or either parent, grandparents or caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time – no need to ask. Whole family music making in your home is extremely valuable to your child's musical development, and attending class occasionally helps the other family members to join in at home.

 

Can we eat in class?

Please feel comfortable to nurse your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms.

 

How many children are enrolled in each class?

Young children, birth through Kindergarten, participate at their own level in small classes of mixed ages. Class size is a maximum of 8 children. Each registered child is accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Occasionally, there might be an extra family or two making up a class.

 

Is my baby too young to be in a class with older children?

No. By providing your child with Music Together® classes when he's very young, you will be ensuring him a life of musical enjoyment. Infant participation may seem passive at first, as they actively absorb what they are hearing, seeing and feeling. Parents will learn to recognize their infant's musical responses and observe them reaching milestones as they develop. As a result a musical bond will develop between you and your child and you will be thrilled watching your child bounce and wiggle, coo and giggle to his favorite songs.

 

Why aren’t there separate classes for different age groups under 5 years old?

In the 1980s, Music Together® pioneered the development of the mixed-age approach in early childhood music. In each class we strive to create a musically rich, developmentally appropriate environment where the whole family can enjoy music and nurture skills at the level right for each child. Mixed-age classes also provide a rich learning environment because children of different ages thrive when they interact with each other: the babies are often fascinated by the older child, and the “big” children enjoy helping and sharing with the “little” ones. This approach is based on research from music education, early childhood development, and family relationships, as well as our 20 years experience in the field.

 

Music Together Big Kids® Class

Younger children are not developmentally ready for the structure of a Big Kids class. To be eligible, your child must have turned 5 by the first day of class.

While this can be a "drop-off" class, you (or another caregiver) should plan to attend the first and last class of the semester. You may attend any and all classes if you wish. However, due to the structure of the Big Kids class, we cannot accommodate younger siblings (except for babies younger than eight months). You and any younger siblings are welcome and encouraged to join the last 10 minutes of every class.

 

I can't sing! How can I be a good role model for my child?

Parents/Caregivers, regardless of their own musical ability, contribute greatly to the enrichment of the child's musical experiences. Whatever the level of your technical skill, remember, the most important things you can model for your child are simply authentic pleasure, interest, and the desire to participate in music activities.

 

Can I preview a class?

Yes you can! You may preview a class during one of our sample class days, or another class day during the semester.  Please call or email Angela to set up a date and time. Visit our Trial Class page for more information.

 

Do you have a sibling discount?

Yes! Each additional child’s tuition is discounted and babies 6 months and under at the start day of the semester are free with a registered sibling.

 

Are Gift Certificates available?

Yes! Gift certificates can be made out for any denomination and can be used for music classes or for something from our music catalog. Please contact us for more information.

 

When can I expect class confirmation?

Confirmation emails are sent out from our office by the end of the next business day. If the class has not met minimum enrollment, you will be notified of placement in your second choice.

 

Can I switch to a different class?

Requests for class changes must be initiated within the first three weeks of the semester, and are made at the discretion of the director, depending on class availability. Changes are not made after the third week of the semester.

 

What if I need to withdraw from class?

Families wishing to withdrawal from class must do so before the first day of the semester. Families are responsible for class attendance. Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal and all tuition fees are forfeited if the office is not informed of your withdrawal before the first day of the semester. If circumstances necessitate withdrawal from class, please contact our office.

 

What if I start classes after the semester begins?

We do not prorate for classes missed due to late registration. However, families do receive two makeup classes per semester.

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